Prior to Conor Dwyer's race in London on Tuesday, there were prayers from Chicago for help from a higher power.
"May Conor give glory to God today in the way he swims," Loyola Academy's Father Pat McGrath said during a midday Mass. "We pray for Conor and his family."
Dozens of the Winnetka native's family members are in London to support the Olympian, who won his first gold medal in the Olympic Games in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.
With the same race, teammate Michael Phelps made history, becoming the most-decorated Olympian of all time.
"What Conor swims for in that pool today, he swims to give glory to God by using his gifts and talents," said McGrath.
After graduating from Loyola Academy, Dwyer went on to study at the University of Iowa before transferring to the University of Florida, growing not just to Olympic caliber in swimming, but in height as well. Standing 5'10" when he graduated high school, Dwyer has since grown to 6'5".